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Weekend Outlook April 17, 2009

  • Learn how to take care of the planet during Earth Day events
  • Visit the Discovery Center for free
  • Watch the film "Swing Vote"
  • Attend a town hall forum on energy
  • Help the homeless
  • Buy plants
  • Attend a Spring Frolic at the Nathan Boone Homestead
  • Get free trees
  • Go on a birdwatching trip
  • Help clean up Springfield
  • Watch baseball and softball games
  • The film “Swing Vote” will be shown tonight (4/17) at 6:30 at the Library Station.
  • At 4 this afternoon (4/17) at the Brentwood Branch Library, adults are invited to hear Charles J. Shields, author of “Mockingbird: A Portrait of Harper Lee” and “I Am Scout” talk about why he chose to write a biography of Lee and the surprises he encountered along the way.
  • A Missouri Town Hall Forum on Energy will be held tonight (4/17) from 6:30 to 8:30 at Phelps Center for Gifted Education in Springfield.
  • Phi Sigma Pi at Missouri State will hold a Sleepout for the Homeless from 4 this afternoon (4/17) until 8 tomorrow morning (4/18) in the parking lot of Hobby Lobby on E. Battlefield. The event is designed to raise money for the homeless.
  • The Lebanon-Laclede County Public Library Foundation will host the Colors of the Ozarks Fine Arts Exhibit and Sale tonight (4/17) from 7 to 9 and tomorrow (4/18) from 10 to 4 at the Library, 915 S. Jefferson in Lebanon.
  • Special Olympics athletes will compete in the annual Southwest Area Spring Games today (4/17) and tomorrow (4/18) at Fred Hughes Stadium in Joplin.
  • The Friends of the Burrell Autism Center will host a Community Autism Awareness Fair tomorrow (4/18) from 10 to 1 at Burrell Park, 1300 Bradford Parkway. There will be face painting, inflatables, live music and lots of information about autism.
  • The Nathan Boone Homestead Spring Frolic will be held tomorrow (4/18) from 9 to 4 near Ash Grove. The event will feature a turkey shoot, fishing, hiking, games, period music, animals, storytelling and an 1800’s period ballgame. For details, call 751-3266.
  • The group “Keep it Green and Blooming” will give out free trees tomorrow (4/18) from 10 to 3 at the Herb Shop in the Claybough Plaza in Branson West. Rene McMasters will talk about Missouri Wildflowers at 1.
  • The program “Locally Grown” will be held tomorrow (4/18) from 9 to noon at the Library Center. Find out about options for purchasing locally-produced food and learn how to grow your own fresh produce and herbs. For more information, 882-0714.
  • Dickerson Park Zoo will host the “Party for the Planet” tomorrow (4/18) from 10 to 2. There will be learning stations and curiosity carts, animal programs and performances by “the Fishin’ Magicians.” For more information, 833-1570.
  • The Discovery Center will host a free family fun day tomorrow (4/18) from 10 to 5 to celebrate Earth Day. The Community Blood Center will also hold a blood drive tomorrow in the parking lot of the Discovery Center from noon to 4.
  • The Library Center will hold an Earth Day Extravaganza tomorrow (4/18) at 2. Learn how to take better care of the planet, participate in a recycling relay and create your own litter bug from recycled materials.
  • The Springfield Conservation Nature Center will hold a Spring Wildflower Hike tomorrow afternoon (4/18) at 1. To register, 888-4237.
  • Earth Day Work Projects will be held tomorrow (4/18) at the Nature Center. To find out how to help, call the Nature Center at 888-4237.
  • A City Pride Community Wide Yard Sale will be held tomorrow (4/18) in West Plains. Call 256-4433 for more information.
  • The Christian County Master Gardener’s annual plant sale will be held tomorrow (4/18) at OTC’s Richwood Valley campus tomorrow beginning at 8 and will continue until everything is sold. The campus is on Highway 14 between Nixa and Ozark.
  • The MO State Softball Bears will take on the University of Evansville tomorrow (4/18) at noon at Killian Sports Complex. For tickets, 836-7678.
  • The MO State Baseball Bears will face Wichita State University tonight (4/18) at 6:30 at Hammons Field. For tickets, 836-7678.
  • The Energy Alternative Network will hold a free public meeting tomorrow (4/18) at 5 at the Library Center.
  • African Students United at Missouri State University will host “A Night in Africa” tomorrow night (4/18) at 7 in the Plaster Student Union Theatre. The mini-banquet will feature African food, clothing and music. Admission is $7. Tickets are available at the Multicultural Resource Center at Missouri State.
  • The Springfield Greene County Park Board invites you to explore Ritter Springs Park in the Spring this weekend by camping, canoeing, fishing, geocaching, hiking and exploring caves this weekend. Advance registration is required—call 833-8647.
  • The Greater Ozarks Audubon Society will celebrate Earth Day by cleaning up South Creek from 9 to noon tomorrow (4/18). Volunteers are needed. For more information or to register to help with the cleanup, call the Nature Center at 888-4237.
  • The Greater Ozarks Audubon Society will host a birdwatching trip to Greer Spring Access on the Eleven Point River Sunday (4/19). Meet at 6:30 am on the west side of the Remington’s parking lot on W. Republic Rd. For more information, call Steve Scroggs at 883-4015.
  • Sunday Sounds at the Library Station will feature Hot Club of Springfield performing acoustic swing music Sunday afternoon (4/19) at 2. Admission is free.
  • To celebrate Earth Day, the Ozark Resource Center will host a hike to the proposed North Fork Wilderness Area in the Willow Springs unit of the Mark Twain National Forest Sunday (4/19) at 1. For more information, 417-934-0444.